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Australia 2-3 Netherlands: Player Ratings

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The Netherlands all but secured their passage into the Round of 16 after battling to a 3-2 victory over Australia in one of the most enthralling games of the 2014 World Cup thus far.

The Oranje's victory, all but confirmed Australia's departure from the World Cup with the Socceroos fate completely out of their hands and dependent on the three other matches going in their favour.

Here we assess the performances of each player participating in the match.

Australia

Mathew Ryan: The number one was solid in all of his goalkeeping duties, but a feeble attempted save from Depay's shot and resultant calamitous error allowed Holland's winner and all three points. 5.

Ryan McGowan: Deputising for Franjic at right back, McGowan provided a glorious diagonal pass for Cahill's stunning opener, but his passing on the ball was very questionable at times. Couldn't contain young Depay after his second half introduction and was exposed on the right too often. 6.

Alex Wilkinson: The warning sides were apparent early in the first half, when the defender got too tight to Robben on more than one occasion with one culminating in an attempt on goal for the Dutch. Punished for the same mistake just a few moments later. Struggled on the right hand side of defence, but defended competently. 6.

Matthew Spiranovic: Managed to contain van Persie well in the first half, but the second half was the polar opposite as the big 6'4 man was ran ragged. Failed to react quick enough to Depay's long range screamer. 5.

Jason Davidson: Failed to align himself to the rest of the back four which in turn played van Persie onside for a Dutch equaliser and couldn't cope with the mazy dribbling an quick injection of pace from Arjen Robben as the winger move to the right. 5.

Mathew Leckie: The tricky winger was one of the Socceroos star performers in the leg and continued that impressive form against another team of high quality in Holland. Displayed his pace and direct threat on either flank with a spell on the left and right in each half. Impressive delivery and almost scored with a well-improvised effort. 7.

Mile Jedinak: The Crystal Palace man remains the key player in shielding the back four and did well in a first half of limited opportunities for the Dutch. Converted the penalty for Australias's second. 6.

Matt McKay: Included in the first team at the expense of Milligan who disappointed and the midfield added a bit more verve and energy than his compatriot. Often poor on the ball and wasteful in possession however. 6.

Tommy Oar: Made a far bigger impression on the game than that of his performance against Chile and exploited the space vacated in the first half by the Dutch's three centre back system. Threatened and picked up dangerous positions. 6.

Mark Bresciano: The Al-Gharafa midfielder provides the integral link between midfield and upfront for the forwards, but found his influence pale in comparison to his performance to Chile. Retained possession well even under constant pressure from de Jong. Subbed in the second half. 6.

Tim Cahill: The combative former Everton man provided a constant nuisance for Vlaar and co, exemplified by some ferocious challenges/fouls that earned the forward a yellow card. Executed one of the finest goals in the World Cup thus far and constantly threatened. 8.

Subs

Oliver Bozanic: Provided a much needed boost and spark to the midfield with his willing running and persistence to attack. Won the penalty. 6.

Ben Halloran: Introduced to turn the game in the Socceroos favour, but couldn't impose himself. 5.

Adam Taggart: Couldn't threaten the Dutch folowing his brief cameo. 5.

Holland

Jasper Cillessen: Very solid display and impressed throughout despite conceding two. Little the Ajax stopper could do against Cahill's exquisite goal and also had no hand in Jedinak's penalty. Solid and alert in every other instance however. 6.

Daryl Janmaat: The highly rated fullback, didn't impress as much as Blind on the opposite flank and endured a difficult and frustrating afternoon. Unfortunate to be penalised for handballing in the box, but attacks on his flank were a common theme and Janmaat was guilty of some very poor challenges. 5.

Stefan de Vrij: Allowed Cahill to drop off him for the sensational opener, but was competent in his defensive duties. Moved to the heart of defence following the change in tactics and looked more at home positionally. 6.

Ron Vlaar: One of many players who excelled against Spain and demonstrated his aerial ability on many occasions. Tim Cahill proved to be a constant menace for the Villa man and he was fortunate not concede after gifting possession to Australia in his own box. 6.

Bruno Martins Indi: Looked uncomfortable operating as a left-sided centre back in a three centre back system and was caught out when pressing up the pitch. Demonstrated his physicality, but struggled with Leckie's pace. Subbed at half-time following concussion. 4.

Daley Blind: Not as spectacular as his performance against Holland, but still the star performer in the Dutch defence. Solid, displayed his excellent intelligence at times and used the ball well. Could have supported Indi better in the first half, but all in all, reliable. 6.

Jonathan de Guzman: The Swansea man wasn't able to contribute to the attack as much as he is accustomed to and didn't see too much of the ball to instigate passing moves. Worked hard and subbed with ten minutes remaining. 6.

Nigel de Jong: Did a very good job pressing and harrying Bresciano in the first half and disrupted the midfielders influence in midfield to some extent. Culpable of gifting Australia a chance after being caught in possession in his own half and guilty of some reckless, full-blooded challenges. Dominated as the pivot in midfield in the second half and made countless tackles and interceptions. 7.

Wesley Sneijder: Along with senior teammates van Persie and Robben, the former Inter Milan man struggled to impose himself in the first half as the Aussies dominated the first half. Often too far from Robben and van Persie, with Oranje looking to transition from defence to attack swiftly, Sneijder's passing suffered as the game bypassed him. Following the tactical switch to a 4-3-3, the Dutchman vastly improved in the second half and was the catalyst for many attacking moves. 6.

Arjen Robben: Frustrated for the large majority of the first half, but provided the ingenuity and individual moment of brilliance to provide the breakthrough for Oranje. Span cleverly away from Wilkinson and then embarked on a fine solo goal and finish by slotting across of Ryan. Excellent in the second half and improved as space opened up. 8.

Robin van Persie: Had an interesting duel against 6'4 defender Matthew Spiranovic with the latter coming out on top for large spells. Difficult afternoon for the Manchester United to endure and he often found himself caught offside or giving away cheap freekicks. Second half was a different story for the Dutch captain, as his hold-up play, exquisite touch and goal-scoring ability all came to the fore. Secured the equaliser with an emphatic finish after clever movement. 8.

Subs

Memphis Depay: On at the expense of Indi. Depay proved to be the game-changer, with his direct running and provided the assist for van Persie and sealed the winner with a powerful winning goal from long range. 7.

Jeremain Lens: N/A.

Georginio Wijnaldium: Provided energy to help see the game out. 5.


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